SpaceX has plans to fly Space tourists twice as High as the ISS

SpaceX has plans to fly Space tourists twice as High as the ISS

SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement from Space Adventures, "This historic mission will forge a path to making spaceflight possible for all people who dream of it, and we are pleased to work with the Space Adventures team on the mission."

FREMONT, CA: SpaceX is offering tickets for space tourists to fly on the similar spacecraft that will bring NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Four tickets for a Crew Dragon Capsule space journey to fly beyond the ISS are on sale through a partnership with the space tourism firm Space Adventures. 

Space Adventures is not a new name in the space tourism game. In the time span of 8 years from 2001, It sent seven individuals to the ISS in Russian Soyuz Craft, charging tens of millions of dollars per trip: Dennis Tito in 2001; South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth in 2002; American entrepreneurs Greg Olsen in 2005 and Anousheh Ansari in 2006; Microsoft co-founder Charles Simonyi (twice) in 2007 and 2009; computer game developer Richard Garriott in 2008; and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte in 2009. It has then continued to sell tickets to space to wealthy individuals like Google co-founder Sergie Brin but hasn't initiated any flights to other missions.

Now, the firm is determined to resume its flights. SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft was developed for the purpose of bringing NASA astronauts to the ISS and completed a trip to the ISS with no crew aboard in March. Its first mission with crew is planned for 2020.

SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement from Space Adventures, "This historic mission will forge a path to making spaceflight possible for all people who dream of it, and we are pleased to work with the Space Adventures team on the mission."

The flight with tourists is scheduled to launch in late 2021 or 2022, but it will take a different route. Space Adventures CEO Eric Anderson tweeted that the mission will be to orbit Earth for up to five days at an altitude two to three times higher than the ISS.

Under the agreement, Space Adventures will use Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Capsule to launch up the tourists to Earth's orbit and remain there as a free-flying spacecraft. 

 Space Adventures representative Stacey Tearne said, "The price of the mission will not be disclosed, but [is] in the range as other orbital spaceflight opportunities." Other Space Adventures flights costs can range from around $20 million for a trip to the ISS to $150 million for future flights around the moon. 

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